Custom and Group Solutions that Get Results
Darden delivers award-winning custom solutions for some of the world’s leading organizations. Our world-class faculty set us apart, offering a high-touch, collaborative approach to program design and delivery rooted in industry expertise.
Darden’s client partners have included leading organizations in three sectors:
Credentials for Every Level
Darden's noncredit certificate tracks provide opportunities for managers and leaders at every level to build their skills, expand their perspectives and lead your organization confidently toward your goals.
- Management Development Certificate - for new and high-potential managers, this 3-program track focuses on core management and technical skills to build a well-rounded foundation.
- Certificate in Leadership & Management - for rising leaders taking in cross-functional roles, this 4-program track transforms high-performing leaders into executives capable of leading from the inside out.
- The Executive Program: Advanced Management Certificate - for senior and c-suite leaders, this comprehensive advanced management experience provides a global perspective to drive organizations forward in a changing world.
We can also work with your organization to build a customized certificate track to meet your goals and build your teams' capabilities.
Client Case Studies
Discover how Darden and Kohler Co. partnered to develop and deliver a customized 3-month learning journey to upskill their teams in three critical areas through the Kohler Capability Accelerator (KCA).
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Explore how Darden haas partnered with the U.S. Navy over the last 12 years to continuously upskill and reskill senior officers through the U.S. Navy Strategic Thinking Course.
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Learn how the Milliken LEAD Organizations program has successfully integrated a unique "Shark Tank" experience to encourage innovation across their leaders and teams.
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For us, lifelong learning has never been more important. We not only need to learn faster than our competitors, we also need to sometimes unlearn faster than our competitors. The thing we’re most excited about [partnering with Darden] is the potential for our people to apply these concepts and tools to things that matter to our customers, to our shareholders and to our associates.
We partner with your organization to create a customized development solution that will equip your leaders and teams with the knowledge, skills and purpose to address current challenges and guide your business forward in a changing world. Discover how our faculty, experience and expertise, and approach set us apart.
Darden has long-been recognized as offering best-in-class teaching and an unparalleled learning experience. Our faculty has consistently earned the #1 ranking by the Princeton Review and Financial Times and the top spot for education experience by the Economist.
Having held positions outside of academia or consulted with organizations on strategic issues, our faculty experts have a proximity to practice that keeps them on top of current issues such as digital disruption, diversity and inclusion, artificial intelligence, blockchain, data analytics and cyber security.
Our client solution directors and world-class faculty will work with you to create a solution for your team that meets your goals, timeframe and budget. In addition to creating a fully custom offering, we also provide off-the-shelf programs which may include all-new case or workshop content or content adapted from our open programs.
Our open programs, led by Darden faculty, offer learners the chance to rapidly upskill in leadership, strategy, management, design thinking and digital transformation and may be a solution for your organization.
Current Context of Work
Darden leverages new platforms, providers, modalities, credentials and ways of collaborating to build core capabilities.
Impact & Measurement
We start the learning solution development process by understanding what success looks like for your organization, how it will be measured and how often we'll assess progress. Learning must translate into either personal, team or enterprise performance improvement or change. Darden facilitates action planning, accountability sessions and applied project work to ensure application of the learning and fundamental behavior change. We also collect participant and client feedback to adjust the learning journey for future iterations.
Visit the Corporations & Associations page for more details on Darden's proven process and evidence-based program design.
Darden’s top ranked general management approach develops skill-sets of executives for leading across businesses, functions and teams — all within the context of current and emerging business issues.
Award Winning Partnerships
For the third year in a row, our custom programming has been recognized for excellence in the annual Brandon Hall Group Human Capital Management Excellence Awards – receiving two gold awards and one silver for the Executive IQ program. Sponsored by Money Management Institute (MMI) and led in collaboration with educational partners at Microsoft and PwC, Executive IQ is an executive-level professional accelerator for leaders in the investment services industry, designed to transform experienced decision-makers into innovators who adapt to industry disruption and challenges to find new opportunities, grow their organizations and build high-level networks.
Learn From Anywhere
Our customizable format allows you to choose which location is most convenient for your organization.
Welcome to The Forum Hotel
Located on the University of Virginia's verdant North Grounds, The Forum Hotel — operated by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants — offers opportunities to connect, reflect and learn together throughout the boutique property. Anchored by a beautiful five-acre arboretum and botanical gardens with outdoor learning and reflection spaces, as well as state-of-the-art indoor classroom and event spaces, The Forum Hotel is the new home for Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programming and participant lodging. If you're coming to Charlottesville for a program, discover more information to help plan your stay.
We chose Darden Executive Education because of their willingness to listen to our vision and truly partner to design a customized learning journey. This, combined with their top-ranked teaching faculty, helped us design a program to educate today’s financial services leaders for tomorrow’s opportunities.
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